We ran a Forest School programme for the whole of Year 5 at Haywood Cliffs between September and December 2014. With a group of 28 children, we decide to split them into two halves, with a morning and afternoon session.
Both groups were fantastic, and really embraced Forest School by getting stuck in from the very beginning.
We started off with some familiarisation of the site and getting to know some of the wildlife…
…which was followed up with making some homes for the wildife to shelter in when we weren’t around.
We moved on to more advanced activities, using tools to make tree cookies before decorating them.
Using these new skills, we also had a go at coppicing some sycamore to help provide a den building resource.
In addition to the physical activity, we had a go at some creative activities, by making artworks from natural materials we found. The changing autumn colours and falling leaves were very inspirational.
Learning about fire and being able to heat water and cook food is a crucial part of Forest School, so learning to use a storm kettle to heat water for drinks and hand washing is a really useful skill.
Cooking round the fire also gives time to relax and reflect.
As we finished just before Christmas, it seemed like a good idea to have Christmas party around the fire.
Back to school after the final session!